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Pope says world economic system inevitably leads to war

Pope Francis in crowd

POPE Francis says the world economic system inevitably promotes military conflict as a way to enrich the most powerful nations. He also condemned religious fundamentalism, defended the controversial record of Pope Pius XII and said he did not worry about his personal security because, “at my age I don’t have much to lose”. Pope Francis’ words appeared in a wide-ranging ... Read More »

US priest killed at church

Phoenix prayers

AN attack at a downtown Phoenix church in the United States left one priest dead and another critically wounded. Fr Kenneth Walker, 29, died of a gunshot wound in the June 11 attack, while Fr Joseph Terra, 56, survived the attack and was hospitalised in critical but stable condition, Sgt Steve Martos, of the Phoenix Police Department, said. Both priests ... Read More »

Words can kill: Murder and insults are both rooted in hatred, says Pope

Pope Francis

OVERCOMING conflict requires stopping insults, letting go of hatred and reaching out to enemies, Pope Francis said. Loving one’s neighbour wasn’t easy, he said, and Jesus showed it required realism, empathy and a spirit of fraternity. During his early-morning Mass on June 12 in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives, the Pope focused his homily on the day’s Gospel ... Read More »

Let World Cup be a celebration of solidarity and peace, Pope says

World Cup

AS the World Cup was about to kick off, Pope Francis called on fans and competitors to celebrate the event as an opportunity to promote dialogue, respect and peace. He also warned against all forms of discrimination on the sidelines, in the stands and on the field: “Let no one become isolated and feel excluded! Watch out! ‘No’ to segregation, ... Read More »

Christians among 500,000 fleeing Mosul after Islamist forces seize city

Iraq crisis

CHURCH leaders in northern Iraq struggled to find shelter for Christians who were among hundreds of thousands who fled Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, after Islamist forces took over much of the town, a Chaldean Catholic archbishop said. Christians began fleeing early on June 9, Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona of Mosul told Catholic News Service in an email. “The soldiers ... Read More »

Catholic Woman’s League leader mourned


MAUREEN Gilmartin, who received a papal medal for distinguished service in Catholic women’s organisations, died on May 20 aged 83. She received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 1985 in Wandoan, where she was the first president of the town’s Catholic Women’s League branch from 1963. Ms Gilmartin held various positions with Wandoan CWL, was Toowoomba CWL diocesan president and ... Read More »

Pope urges priests, bishops to keep their love for Jesus alive

Pope Francis and child

CELEBRATING an early-morning Mass with a congregation made up of priests and bishops, Pope Francis said they regularly need to ask themselves if they love Jesus as much as when they first encountered him, and whether ministry, not administration, is still their priority. “This is the question I ask myself, my brother bishops and priests: ‘How is your love today?’ ... Read More »

Pope gathers Holy Land leaders in name of peace

Holy Land presidents

PRAYING for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil. “More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it,” ... Read More »

Pope says half-hearted Catholics aren’t really Catholics at all

Pope Francis

THOSE who insist others pray and believe exactly like they do, those who have alternatives to every Church teaching and benefactors who use the Church as a cover for business connections may call themselves Catholics, but they have one foot out the door, Pope Francis said. “Many people say they belong to the Church”, but in reality have “only one ... Read More »

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